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Vern & Mike: 1955

Vern & Mike: 1955

"Vern & Mike 1955 Worthington" is all it says here. Whatever you boys are doing, stop it this instant! Blurry 35mm Kodachrome probably taken by Mom or Dad. View full size.

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Whatever they're doing ...

I bet it involves matches.

Boys are easier to raise than girls

At least that's what Erma Bombeck said. She said with boys at least you know exactly where you stand -- in the path of a hurricane. She gave the example of, when you hear a noise upstairs and you call up to a bunch of boys, "What are you boys doing up there?", they'll yell down, "We dropped the cat down the laundry chute. It was cool!" But when you hear a noise upstairs and call up to a bunch of girls, "What are you girls doing up there?", they'll yell down, "Nothing." And you have no idea what they're up to.

It's interesting that, when I tell that story to women, they almost always beat me to the punchline.

Hey!

They found Timmy!

Stand By Me

This photo, and the lads within, immediately reminded me of a scene in the 1986 coming of age film Stand By Me. "Vern" Tessio, played by Jerry O'Connell, is desperately digging under his front porch for a quart jar of pennies he buried there at the beginning of the school year!

Hey Vern, it's Ernest!

Vern was listed as the 13,698th most popular boy baby's name in 2021.

The decline has been steady for over a century, but it appeared to hit its nadir about the time of the one-season 1988 CBS program "Hey Vern, It's Ernest!"

Looks to me like

Rick and Marty Lagina starting their search on Oak Island. It's a Bobby Dazzler ...

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